Thursday, October 19, 2006

The continued assault on the Establishment Clause

In the continued effort to re-write the Constitution and excise the Establishment Clause, the theocrats are now pushing the “Constitution Restoration Act”. The bill number is HR 1070 and you can find it at http://www.thomas.org/. The act proves that not only do theocrats want to create a theocratic constitution, they are also the all-time champions of coming up with ironic titles of bills.

The pertinent part of the bill, says:

I. Sec. 1260.
Matters not reviewable
`Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review, by appeal, writ of certiorari, or otherwise, any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State, or local government, or against an officer or agent of Federal, State, or local government (whether or not acting in official or personal capacity), concerning that entity's, officer's, or agent's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.'.

In short, the Supreme Court cannot consider Establishment Clause cases. I have a sneaking suspicion this is a wee bit unconstitutional, but I don’t remember Marbury v. Madison too well.

You must read this act in conjunction with PERA (HR 2679), which I ranted about below. PERA stops the policing of the Establishment Clause and CRA stops prosecution of the offenders (to paraphrase Law and Order). The only thing left is some white-out and a trip to the National Archives.

I know this is really boring shit, but that is what they are counting on. The theocrats have mastered the art of getting their followers to click the “send this letter to your congressman” button. The virulently militant and surprisingly large Vision America is among them. Thankfully, our congressmen are beginning to realize that if the extent of someone's passion is to click their mouse, they probably won't follow the voting record. The CRA has only been introduced, whereas PERA has passed the House.

This is all part of the WAR ON CHRISTIANITY that is being pushed. More than anything it shows that the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ and their co-horts (like Vision America, FRC, FOF, etc.) are really, honestly, and truly trying to create a new and different country. They aren’t reclaiming America, they are claiming America, like an invader, or a virus.

Like HIV on a T-cell, they are trying to break down our body politic's defenses to introduce the wheezing pneumonia of a theocratic government.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

When you don't feel like writing a lot, plagiarize

While I am loathe to quote dead people, here are some good ones:

"Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all law-religions, or religions established by law." - Thomas Paine

"The settled opinion here is, that religion is essentially distinct from civil Government, and exempt from its cognizance; that a connection between them is injurious to both." - James Madison Letter to Edward Everett, Montpellier, March 18, 1823

"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It Neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." - Thomas Jefferson

"Religion flourishes in greater purity without than with the aid of government."- James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822

"When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one." - Benjamin Franklin, letter to Richard Price, October 9, 1780

"...the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion...." - Treaty of Tripoli, 1797 - signed by President John Adams

"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries." -- James Madison, 1803

Tony, Tony, Tony

Now that's sarcasm!

Couple of things

1. This is compassion?

2. It's all about the taxes, just end the special treatment of churches already.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Dance with the Devil and the Devil don't change

So, the theocrats didn't get what they wanted from their new savior. Apparently Bushco stirred up the evangelical base and then didn't deliver the values to the voters. At the same time they mocked the leaders (how can you not?) and derided their policies. Well, I would hope so.


I did notice awhile ago that our born again president was reluctant to wade into homosexuality, did nothing on abortion, gave only lip service to indecency (gave, not received, unlike the last president), and limply pushed "faith-based" initiatives once elected. He used them. Big shock.


The fact is that when you can lockstep organize like the radical evangelicals, you form an easy to get at block of voters. Since they are already brainwashed, it takes almost no effort to get them going in a certain direction. Like anyone else who is hypnotized, you only need recite a few key phrases and they will follow you like the pied piper.


However, how can you ever be taken seriously when you push the following:

1. Dinasours and humans lived together 6000 years ago, and this is what children should be taught in public schools.

2. They have a direct link to the beyond, giving them absolute knowledge of morality.

3. The world was a better place when women were in the home and slaves were in the field.

4. Hearing the word "shit" will permanently destroy a young mind, but teaching them to shoot is just fine.

5. The founders wanted this country to be one giant church with a pope as president.

6. Where to stop?


The fact is that these people are theocrats. Absolutely and completely. You cannot give them an inch. Ultimately they want a large crucifix on the front of ever Federal building and the bible taught as fact in school. They want to create a tiered society with Christians at the top, and everyone else just guests. You'd have to be a complete moron to go along with their policies, but also you'd have to be a complete moron not to try to utter the hypnotic trigger words that get them to vote for you. Shootin' ducks in a barrel.


Wait ... He is a moron. Oh yeah, the article was about the staff, not Bush. Maybe someone will read it to him and include some illustrations. Maybe a pop-up book where you can pull the elephants tail and his ears go up.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Now here is some wisdom

Please email this link to any Christian extremists you know. We need to get this message out!

Theocrats in the badlands

I am not one to wade too far into the great American pasttime of debating abortion, but I need to dip my toe in, since this is a theocracy issue.


I don't know anyone who is for abortion. I know people who believe the government shouldn't interfere, but I don't know anyone who is for abortion. I'm not saying they don't exist, in this country there is someone advocating every position.


Let's just say abortion sucks. It's no fun. I have never had one, but I am guessing that you hear very few "yippees!" in an abortion cinic. Whether or not it is morally wrong is debated by many, but there is no objective basis on which to form a reasonable consensus. In other words, reasonable people disagree on the morality.


Fine. BUT.


The fact that something sucks and may or may not be immoral doesn't mean you make it illegal. Making something illegal doesn't make it go away, it just allows you to imprison those that break the law. Whenever you make a law, you should be sure that it will decrease harm without overly infringing on individual choice. From an objective perspective, abortion is not a logical area for criminal legislation. Period.


HERE IS THE POINT: Theocrats wish to use the law to punish those that do not adhere to their beliefs. That is the very definition of a theocrat and that is what the religious extremists that push legislation are. Theocrats.


S. Dakota is the newest battle ground. On november 7th, the residents of S. Dakota will be voting on a referendum to outlaw abortion in that state. Do they know that is unconsitutional? Of course they do. But if there is one thing theocrats hate, it's the Constitution.


Granted it's not that big of a deal since only 12 people live in S. Dakota (give or take 3) and obviously the courts will have to enjoin its enforcement due to the fact that it's unconstitutional. But the fact remains that if 8 of the 12 people vote in favor of this law, then the remaining 4 people will be told, by law, that they must follow the religious dictates of the other 8.


Do I not recognize that abortion causes harm? Of course I do. However, no one in good conscious can say that based solely on objective criteria, making abortion illegal has a net positive effect on society. Unlike murder, unrestricted abortion does not cause a breakdown of the fabric of society. The only basis on which this law can be justified are purely religious ones.


If you want to see some of the really scummy tactics the ant-choice crowd is using in S. Dakota, check out letters to the editor in S. Dakota newspapers. These people really are vile.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Hatred of the future

Religious extremists aren't just a problem today, they are trying to make sure that the next generation is an enemy of the human race, as well. Here is a very common message that home schooled drones are taught: In the past 6000 years (the length of time the Universe has existed), "under the devil’s influence, human beings have set up and organized their own societies, education systems, governments and even their own religions". Yes, that's right, education and society are the products of Satan.

On that same note, if you haven't seen the jesus camp trailer, check it out.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Pissed at PERA

The more I think about it the more this PERA thing really irks me.

As I ranted about below, the Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA)(HR 2679 - look this bill number up at www.thomas.gov) removes attorney fees from any case where there was found to be a violation of the establishment clause. The establishment clause is most known for knocking prayer out of school and not allowing tax payer money to be spent on religious displays.

The pebble in my thong right now is how avowedly theocratic and anti-American this is. Why just the establishment clause and not the free expression clause? The free expression clause protects religious people from discrimination in the public arena. It makes sure that everyone can take part in religious expression while the establishment clause allows you not to be forced to take part in any particular religion.

In the theocrats mind the establishment clause is just a nuisance that should be done away with. PERA is a statutory attempt to carve the establishment clause out of the Constitution. Keep in mind that attorney's fees are only collected if a violation has occurred, so PERA is predicated on the assumption that a violation has already happened. The only conclusion we can draw is that the establishment clause is somehow less important.

In other words, the theocrats are saying that this type of constitutional violation is not a real harm. They are so righteous and are, yet, always the losers in these cases. In thier mind, if they are the losers then the Constitution must be wrong, not them.

PERA is quite literally an attempt to reshape the Constitution according to the whim of radicals.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Ah, fees

Attorney fees. A subject near and dear to my heart.

In many types of litigation, statutes allow for the collection of reasonable attorney's fees. The idea behind this is that someone may have had their rights violated, but cannot show or quantify their damages. In these kind of cases nominal damages can be awarded (usually $1) or some sort of equitable remedy can be ordered like an injunction.

When it comes to constitutional violations by the state, where there has not been a taking of some kind, the usual remedy is an injunction plus attorneys fees. This way the government has to forbear from taking part in the proscribed act and the litigant is not out thousands of dollars for defending the constitution.

Theocrats have been pushing a bill called the Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA)(HR 2679 - look this bill number up at www.thomas.gov), which would remove attorneys fees from any case where a violation of the establishment clause has been found. Their campaign is centered around the proposition to "defund the ACLU."

Has it ever occurred to these nutbags that the reason they are always going up against the ACLU is because these nutbags are always trying to violate the constitution? It's like hating cops because your a rapist. It doesn't mean the cops are wrong.

Anyhow, it should be clear to any reader what is really going on. If attorneys fees are removed from the equation, then a litigant would be out thousands of dollars for being so silly as to defend their constitutional rights. The idea is that theocrats across the country will be able to flout the establishment clause and not worry because they will only be attacked by rich idealists or pro-bono lawyers. As much as people would like to believe that all lawyers will work for free if the cause is just, that is simply not the case. They gotta pay the rent, too.

The fact of the matter is this is like saying, "okay we will pass a law against rape, BUT we will not give any money to hire cops to enforce the law." The ACLU and similar organizations are just that, cops. They police extremists who would trample the freedoms that underpin our unique society.

Allowing theocrats to write up a bill like this is like letting Enron write securities regs.

Last I checked, it had passed the House, but not the Senate. As always, go to thomas to pinpoint any theocrats that may be in your district. Please get them out of my city.

The newest fashion rage

You know you want one.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

More on Vision America

I am very upset that I missed this conference. Sounds like it would've been a blast.

Tax is fun(damentalist)

One thing that keeps coming up in the fake WAR AGAINST CHRISTIANITY is that “pastors” who use the pulpit for political purposes are being scrutinized by the IRS to see if they have moved from a church to a non-profit advocacy group. In fact, last session there were several bills before congress that would allow these “pastors” to get away with anything as long as they said it was part of the church. This would give an amazingly unfair advantage to the pro-theocracy movement.

The solution is very simple. Stop treating all churches differently than any other non-profit. A church should be treated the same under the tax code as the American Humanist Society. This section of the tax code is an anachronism that should end.

For those that think that there is no real threat from church-based political organizations, I give you Vision America. Their tagline should frighten anyone who opposes a theocratic future: “Mobilizing Pastors and Churches to Win the War Against Christianity”. They are affiliated with Reclaiming America for Christ, a militant wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Both organizations are extremely theocratic and are radicalizing churches across the country. The similarities between this growing movement and the growth of the Islamists are frightening. Even the rhetoric is the same. Eventually, all small town churches will have to fall in line with these radicals or be labeled as “soft” on the WAR AGAINST CHRISTIANITY.

Check out both organizations and be sure to sign up for the email alerts. They keep their most radical shit in their newsletters.

Things are changing. These guys are getting less funny and more militant and, apparently, so am I.

Monday, October 02, 2006

It gets earlier every year

First it was the day after Thanksgiving, then the day after Halloween, and now ,according to the lovely ladies of Concerned Women for America, it is the first day in October. That's right, it is time for those that are both extreme and have way too much time on their hands to begin the annual attempt to exclude everyone from celebrating the Winter Solstice, if they are not Christian. Yes, it's time to make sure that retailers only say merry Christmas and NOT happy holidays.

I don't know what more to say about this other than my yearly reminder that Yule and most of the traditions associated with Christmas are actually Celtic Pagan. Everybody knows this, and accepts that things change and evolve. Including the evolution of a secular "Christmas", known as "the Holidays". Not to mention that Christians are not the only formal religion that has Solstice celebrations which involve giving gifts.

I don't know why I find this so annoying, other than the fact that this is such a naked attempt at exclusion on the part of the extremists. The only possible reason to go so far as to set up a fucking website, is to make sure that non-Christians are excluded from Solstice. The tilt of the Earth's axis is the reason for the season, hate is the reason for the Committee to Save Merry Christmas.

This issue always fuels the fake WAR ON CHRISTIANITY claims that are getting to a scary level. This could be a nasty season.

Friday, September 29, 2006

If I agree with Dick Armey, something is Amiss

Check it out.

Bigotry is OK if you have an excuse

According to those espousing that there is a WAR ON CHRISTIANITY going on, one of the attacks from the secularists is to expand the definition of descrimination to include sexual orientation. We will be regailed with the full details of this nefarious plan when the FRC hosts its ironically titled Liberty Sunday. I'm sure it will be logically coherent and a work of pure brilliance.

The quote from the above link that is bugging the hell out me, sums up their argument quite well:


The expansion of non-discrimination laws to include homosexuality inevitably constricts our right to express and act on our religious beliefs.

Let's break it down.
1."Expansion of non-discrimination laws to include homesexuality" means that you can't deny someone service, employment, or sales because you do not approve of their sexual orientation.
2. This would mean that when FRC says "right to express or act", they mean that they would do just that, deny a person service, employment, or sales.
3. "our religious beliefs" is their justification for doing the forbidden act.

Like most things with these guys, they think adding the phrase "our religious beliefs" means that anything preceeding it is justified. A religious belief is nothing more than your cosmological outlook. You can develop a religion from anything, ancient texts, teachings, math, Star Trek, etc. In other words, when the KKK goes on about white superiority, this is part of their religious beliefs, their code. If a KKK member refuses to hire a person because they are black, he does so because of his religious beliefs.

In the public arena of a pluralistic society, to interfere in someone elses pursuit of LL&H because of some intrisic trait about them (race, gender, RELIGION, sexual orientation) is clearly unacceptable. It is completely irrelevant that this interference is based on a religious belief. Saying that your bigotry is because of some words in an ancient text does not justify it and is completely outside of the considerations that should go into ant-descrimination legislation or any legislation for that matter.

Do keep in mind that even the theocrats are protected in practicing religion by the very same laws that they are decrying. By their own argument, I would be perfectly okay in denying them housing, a loan, employment, or even a cab ride on the basis on their religion as long as I used the phrase "my religious beliefs".

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Value voters unleashed

Last weekend's Value Voters Summit was interesting. Could have been better, but we made do with the hatemongers we had.

We did learn 2 important lessons:
1. DO NOT pay crack whores in advance of taking them to a religious right conference as your dates
2. Crack whores do not get up before 8 on Saturdays

The original plan was to take these two lovely 75 pound women in spandex to the Value Voters Summit as our dates. We would excitedly ask our fellows in Christ to take our pictures for our scrap book. Sadly, our prostitutes failed to show up. Perhaps they felt there would be too much competition from the preachers or perhaps they had had enough of Falwell for the day. Nevertheless, we were thwarted.

To make matters worse, the hotel bar didn't open until 4:00. A real crime.

So, instead we went with plan B (not the pill). We printed up pamphlets quoting the bible and many people present in the room to show that those who are true to fundamentalist Christianity do not blow off the old testament. Only those infected by the PC liberal secularist would pick and choose which parts of scripture to follow. We told them that to redeem ourselves in the eyes of the Lord, we had to obey all of his dictates. The dictate they were overlooking? God made the races separate and he wanted to keep them separate.

We talked to about 50 people. Only 2 got really pissed (1 was black and it looked as if it took all of his Jesusness not to kick me square in the nuts). Most people politely refuted us, but understood the good we were trying to do. 8 people complete agreed. They didn't agree a little bit, they agreed a lot. Including one vague reference to people not recognizing the true cause of 9-11. That's right, kids, all those people died because of Sidney Portier in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner".

Perhaps, our finest hour was in the bathroom (if only it was the first time I've used that sentence). Older preacher man was using the middle urinal. My buddy at his left, me at his right. My buddy looks down and to the right and says "Nice!". He motions to me (across this fellows chest) and says "Dude, check it out." I look down and to my left, "Nice", I exclaimed. Preacher man peed on his leg zipping up his pants and didn't even wash his hands.

Childish? Yes.
necessary? No.
Did we accomplish anything other than a short course in hiring crack whores? No, but that is valuable knowledge.

There is no reasoning with these folks, so you may as well fuck with them.

As for the speeches, what we heard was fairly mild. Mainly, "Christians founded this country for Christians and everyone else just needs to shut up."

What I always find so disturbing at these things are the kids. Their eyes glazed over like clone children in a sci-fi movie. Spouting their parents' hatred, without even understanding what they are saying. Of the 8 people who agreed with us about separating the races, 4 were with young children. They are (of course) home schooled. One mother was proud to teach her daughter about their strong European heritage and the fact that America was an offshoot of Europe only. I answered "Amen". She replied with this direct quote: "Now if only we could get the mongrels back to where they belong."

You gonna logically argue with that? Do what I did. Stare at her breasts until she gets uncomfortable and goes away.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Value voters under attack

This weekend is the Value Voters Summit that everyone has been waiting for. It is yet another wonderful opportunity for the future of humanity. After all, when you get all of these folks in one area it greatly increases the chances that they could all be killed by a comet at once.

This time I hope it doesn't happen, since I am going to be there being my usual creepy and annoying self. You should come on down too, as there will be one of the largest collection of hate-mongers, sexually repressed suburbanites, and slimy snake-oil salesmen since the last inauguration.

Tony Snow will actually be there to discuss some sort of shit. The list of speakers includes some of the most notorious pro-hate extremist still living including Ann Coulter, Jerry Falwell, and Judge Pickering. The list of folks speaking is quite long, please peruse it and be aware that this list should read like a "most wanted" list for those that oppose theocracy.

One of the topics that will come up at this conference as it has at many other recently is the "WAR ON CHRISTIANITY" that is apparently going on. Check out any of the extremist links on the left and I guarantee you will find something about the "WAR ON CHRISTIANITY". I have listened to quite a bit of this rhetoric and am far more concerned than usual.

The "believers" are being told that there is a WAR ON CHRISTIANITY going on in America, yet it never is explained what the hell that means. The leadership give anecdotes showing that public land can't be used for religious displays and then explain that Satan has gotten ahold of all of the secularists and they will be coming for you and your children next. Not being able to propagate myths on the tax payer dime evidently merits comparison to a violent bloody conflict.

Normally, I would leave it at that, because they are obviously such privileged children that when they are told that something is over the line, they throw a tantrum. However, when theocratic drones are programmed to believe that they are under direct attach from Satan's followers and may be martyred for their love of the lord, they get rather wacky. This is when stuff starts blowing up and Federal buildings start crumbling on the heads of children. This is the same rhetoric usually used on Islamic drones in the Middle East before they go postal and the same shit you can hear in thousands of back woods well-armed "churches".

Do not think it cannot happen here. Always remember that the vast majority of terrorist attacks on American soil in the last 25 years has been from white rural evangelical Christians. They are a threat and when the drones begin to buy into this "we are under attack" bullshit, that is when the threat materializes.

This has stopped being funny. Kokopolis is gettin' a little afraid of the Christofascists, but that won't stop me from pissing in their leaders' punch this weekend at the Omni Shoreham hotel.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Ah, future serial killers

As I have mentioned before, one of the most psychologically dangerous aspects of extremist religious movements is their sexual or anti-sexual bent. I just ran across a nest for future serial killers called the American Decency Association. As you may expect, it is rhetoric driven by extreme sexual disfunction and a fundamental psychological breakdown in dealing with the sweatier nakeder side of life.

Their main tactic is boycotts and letter writing campaigns and, as we all know, with their pent up sexual energy they can write a lot of letters. Their big campaign right now is against Abercrombie and Fitch for showin *gasp* shirtless men and women covering their breasts in pictures at stores. I am not a fan of A&F, because I am not gay, but that's not the point. Their concern is that this will hurt children, although like all of these whack jobs, they never specify exactly how.

The irony is that no matter how you slice it, being raised by one of these extremists is far more likely to make you end up a violent sexual attacker than watching hardcore porn for 8 hours a day. These people have no interest in protecting children, they just can't deal with their own sexuality and are foisting their problems off on their children like hardcore alcoholics do to their kids.

Friday, July 21, 2006

It's been awhile

I haven't posted in a long time, but I decided to start up again, there is just too much going on not to.

If you have any upcoming extremist news, please email me with the links.

In the meantime, don't forget to sign up for the value voters summit. I will be there, getting drunk at the hotel bar and seeing how far I can push things before being kicked out. My goal is to make it at least 6 hours, but I will let you know how that turns out.

Monday, January 23, 2006

You don't get better than Vonnegut

Check out this piece from Kurt Vonnegut recently published. Very worth printing out.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Dildos vs. Dildos

The religious right has decided to go after a pillar of the American community. The American Family Association is currently engaged in a battle against a Reader's Digest over "sex" ads. Um, the Reader's Digest? They still publish that?

More particularly, the ads appear in "The Family Handyman" magazine. Yes, apparently, it's a real magazine and people by it ... with money.

The offending ads are from a non-creepy sex store called the Sinclair Institute. It's one of these companies targeting monogamous couples who want to have better sex. Companies like these have probably saved more marriages than all the religious counseling in history.

If there is any magazine which should have ads for the Sinclair Institute, it is "The Family Handyman". Personally, I think it should be called "The Sinclair Institute Presents the Family Handyman".

One of the most dangerous aspects of religious extremists is the co-dependent sexual or anti-sexual behavior. When you start condemning healthy monogamous sex, you cut into some pretty fundamental psychological girders. It isn't long before the whole building falls.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

They are commandments, motherfucker!

After reading about the Christian Coalition's new Agenda for 2006, I decided to look up "ten commandments" in the Congressional record. Shocked, I was, shocked.

Please take the time and go visit Thomas and search for the phrase "ten commandments". Remember, there is a list of every idiot that voted for these bills there.

Dr. Phil's home goes old school

New Braunfels, TX, home to the greatest waterpark on earth, has been invaded by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools. These guys are on a freakin' roll!

Dear Liberal Media,
Those of you who remain, please vilify these assholes.

Sincerely,
Kokopolis

Monday, January 16, 2006

Did you know it's Religious Freedom Day?

I had no idea it was Religious Freedom Day. I knew we got off work for some reason, but had no idea it had to do with this. Damn, I forgot to by my wife a Religious Freedom Day gift.

Apparantly, in one of his fits of pandering, Clinton declared it but I don't think he had Dobson in mind. Focus on the Family and the rest of the gang encourage all American public schools to sit down and figure out just how far they can push the law to bring God into classrooms. If there is anyone I trust to deliver an accurate accounting of how far you can push things in public schools, its the honest folks at Focus on the Family.

As a bonus, it affords an opportunity to drive home again the point that is a country founded by Christians for Christians.

So, cook yourself some traditional Religious Freedom Day pudding and sit with friends in family giving thanks for Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, the sole inventors of all concepts of freedom.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Your Cheatin' Heart

The Southern Baptist of Texas Convention is not a church. It is a non-profit advocacy group. Visit their website if you don't believe me. The only thing that differentiates this lobbying group from any other lobbying group is that the SBTC's core concepts are based on a religious text and not a scholarly text. That's it. Otherwise, its just a non-profit advocacy group.

Yet somehow they got a court to rule that they do not have to pay property taxes because they are a church. Those that oppose these radical groups are not afforded that luxury. Just an example of how the political religious right manages to obtain unfair advantages based on the manipulative power of religion.

It is time to do away with the separation of churches from other non-profit groups when it comes to taxes. The current system allows an unequal distribution of wealth to the benefit of religious based groups and at the detriment of the secular ones. The current system is an anachronism that should be dropped.

I shit you not

Isn't this a sign of the apocolypse?

Thursday, January 12, 2006

NCBCPS on a roll

Score another one for the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools. While the public has slept, the NCBCPS has been busy getting Christian classes taught in public schools. They had another victory in North Carolina this week.

These guys are on a roll and no one seems to be in a hurry to stop them. Their slogan of "its coming back" will come true unless we do something to stop it. Do not fool yourself. These are the prayer in school folks despite their pretense to be interested in literature and history. These classes are only meant to define "American values" and to exclude anyone who is not Christian from the category of "American".

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Great hair for God!

Gov. Rick "good hair" Perry of Texas came out this week in support of adding creationism to public school textbooks in Texas. Ah, Texas, always on the cutting edge of science. You can put a man on the moon but can't pull your head out of your ass.

Crazy in Cali

Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed suit today over an attempt by a California school to teach a class solely promoting creationism in a public school. The class wasn't even trying to be moderately secular unlike like those sneaky bastards at the Bible Literacy Project. Rather, it was a naked attempt to turn an American school into a Christian madrasa. It was to be taught by ministers wife and was to be entitled "Philosophy of Design".

The initial course description was :"the class will take a close look at evolution as a theory and will discuss the scientific, biological and biblical aspects that suggest why Darwin's philosophy is not rock solid. The class will discuss intelligent design as an alternative response to evolution. Physical and chemical evidence will be presented suggesting the earth is thousands of years old, not billions."

The class was to only present the Christian creationist myth. It was Sunday school with tax dollars and nothing more. It was, in the end, an anti-science class. In fact, of the many videos (all pro-creationism) to which the students were to be subjected, one was created by those delusional schizophrenics at Answers in Genesis. The organization actually promotes teaching to children that dinosaurs and humans lived together a few thousand years ago.

If these people were in control we wouldn't even have indoor plumbing. Creationism is nothing more than the personification of the natural world, it is not a rational hypothesis. It how animals and cavemen think. The statement that "the world is too purty to be an accident" is not an argument. The fact that we are even having this debate demeans the entire nation.

Not important, but funny

Robertson's comments apparently really pissed off the Israelis. Surprising, since all he insinuated was that their ailing leader was smote by an act of fiery vengance of the Lord. The Israelis are now saying that they will not allow "Jesusland" to be built in Israel if Robertson is involved.

In a related story, Americans sent a telegram to Robertson: "Dear Pat -Stop- shut the fuck up! -Stop-".

Alito Sunday

Well Justice Sunday III was held last weekend and a good time was had by all. Of course, By a good time I mean wild flailing of rhetoric backed by misguided self-righteous indignation. An extremists good time, if you will.

This JS was completely centered around getting an up or down vote on Alito, the new savior of the religious right. I went through Alito's record and found him to be a pretty moderate jurist although he does tend to favor using public lands for religious displays and is very pro-power. However, if the religious right like him this much it does give me pause.

Santorum provided a fine keynote, decrying liberal judges for “destroying traditional morality, creating a new moral code and prohibiting any dissent.” He added that “The only way to restore this republic our founders envisioned is to elevate honorable jurists like Samuel Alito”.

Again, the lunatic fringe shows that creepy cult logic of equating their position with neutral so that an activist judge who supports their position is "objective" and those that oppose them are "legislating from the bench". The thing is, I don't get the feeling that Alito would really seek to change the law too much, so I am not sure how he would be the savior of anything. He certainly won't be trying to "restore" America to the slave-holding plutocracy that the founders envisioned.

Let them spin their wheels. There is not enough objectionable about Alito for the Dems to filibuster, so this is all a non-issue anyway. It looks like JS III turned out to be a victory for our side. They wasted a lot of money, resources, and time organizing an event that will not effect anything one way or the other.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Maybe context means something different to Robertson

So Pat Robertson has straightened us all out about his comments regarding Sharon's stroke in this press release. He says that his comments were taken out of context. Poor Robertson, so frequently misunderstood.

The press release makes clear that all he meant was:
"For any Prime Minister of Israel who decides he will carve it up and give it away, God said, “No, this is Mine.”".

Well, that clears things up! I was afraid that you meant that God would punish any Prime Minister who decides to carve up God's land. Oh wait, that is what you meant. What did we take out of context again? I'm confused.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

What does it mean to be a delusional schizophrenic?

Get your answer here.

You are either with them, against them, or Rick Santorum

As I posted earlier, Justice Sunday III is being held this weekend (I forget which day). Up until this week the only speakers they had were the usual whackos: Dobson, Falwell, Perkins, etc. They finally booked their big speaker, everyone’s favorite extreme homophobe, Rick Santorum.

The Pennsylvania theocrat has long been a friend to the lunatic fringe, but facing a close election has vacillated as of late. He actually withdrew his association with the Thomas Moore Law Center after they represented the government in the Dover case. He was only brave enough to disassociate himself after they lost the case, but it was a dramatic change from his long-held support of teaching creationism in school.

He caught all kinds of shit from the extremists over his (dare I say it?) flip-flopping. So to make amends he will be regaling us with his usual anti-gay rhetoric this Sunday. For those of you unfamiliar with Santorum he takes polite hate speech to a new level, so do not miss what is sure to be a command performance.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Prayer in School Crowd Strikes Again


Score another one for those sneaky bastards at the NCBCPS. They got their prayer in school curriculum added in Oddessa, Texas. If you think this does not matter, imagine being the one kid that did not sign up for the class in this town. This is yet another attempt to marginalize non-Christians using public funds. If you doubt me, then why is the NCBCPS solely focused on public schools and not Sunday schools?

For more on the NCBCPS, check out this fact sheet.

Holy Hoosiers 2

Constitution - 1, Theocrats - 0 in the Indiana legislature. Those who wished to do so participated in an informal prayer outside of official business of the legislature. So, the legislature chose to obey the law this time despite some big talk. They did this amidst some apparently very vocal protests by the valiant warriors of the United States Strategic Prayer Network.

Keep an eye on Indiana this session as we still have a statewide creationism-in-school bill to defeat. However, after the Dover ruling and the electoral results in Pennsylvania, I doubt the Indiana leg will be willing to risk their jobs on the issue.

Holy Hoosiers

In November, a Federal court ruled that opening the Indiana House of Representatives' sessions with prayers specific to Christianity is unconstitutional. For most of us this falls into the "no shit" category. To invoke the name of Jesus as part of a public legislature clearly violates the establishment clause.

The Indiana GOP continues to fight this obviously correct ruling but this will go nowhere. As a result, many in the Indiana legislature are saying they will openly violate the constitution today when the session opens. We shall see today whether the drive towards theocracy trumps the constitution for these Hoosier extremists.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Old news, same names

In 2003 and 2004, 118 theocrats co-sponsored a bill that would allow specifically for the Ten Commandments to be displayed on any federal property. The bill was defiantly titled the "Ten Commandments Defense Act of 2003" (aka H.R. 2045). It's stalled in committee and ain't going anywhere, but that's not the point. 118 of them!!! That's the point.

If you check out the listing in the congressional record, you can see who they are. Some are still in the House. If you live in their state, please make them go away.

Leave no doubt

I missed this one, but I've been busy, give me a break. Check out this story about the World Harvest Church's Center for Moral Clarity. Congratulations Rev. Parsley, you (and your great hair) made the link list.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Buy Japanese?

Like all extremists, the radical right frequently find that one of their dogmas conflict with another and they have to make a choice. In the case of the American Family Association they had to choose between nationalism, capitalism and homophobia. The AFA is threatening a boycott of the Ford Motor Company over their tolerance of gays and their desire to take cash from the gay community.

Ford has a fairly tolerant attitude towards it's gay employees and being as large an employer as they are, they really have no choice. In addition, Ford has donated to several gay causes since it is good PR. But the thing that really has the AFA's pantaloons in a twist is that Ford runs advertising in gay publications.

Some while back the radicals at the AFA boycotted Ford over their advertising in gay magazines so Ford pulled the ads thinking no one would really notice. Well, the gay community did and Ford reinstated the ads after doing a quick calculation of which group has more disposable income.

The AFA's current press release has this head scratcher: "All we wanted was for Ford to refrain from choosing sides in the cultural war, and supporting groups which promote same-sex marriage is not remaining neutral.". Ford takes no position on same-sex marriage anywhere I can find so that's just a lie. Moreover, the whole point of even having a press release is to force them to take a side. The radical right loves to equate their position with "neutral" like they do with their criticism of "liberal activists judges". Now that's indoctrination to be proud of!

So, if you are thinking of buying a car, buy a good ol' American Ford. They are kind of crappy cars, but it would really piss of the extremists.

Links

I have added a links section to the blog. The entire point of this blog is to drive the shadowy American theocracy movement into the light. Please visit the links and poke around the radical right's websites. If you find a pro-theocracy advocacy site (not just an opinion page), please email me the link and I will happily add it.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Theocratic amendments

I would like to comfort myself by saying it would never happen here, but that is what many Iranians thought in the 70's.

Keep an eye on the National Reform Association and their friends who want to re-write the constitution to make it a theocratic document.

Who we are talking about

Lest we forget who we are talking about, look at Phyllis Schlafly's "bills to watch". The theme is pro-theocracy and patriotism. But notice the other theme running throughout: anti-foreigners.

It's the same with all of the big pro-theocracy organization, they infuse their rhetoric with just a touch of racist hatred. It's important to note that there is nothing inherent in Christianity which leads to racism. Rather, the extremists are of a particular psychology, not a philosophy. Like "neo-cons", they are a demographic, not a cohesive belief system.

The American theocrats are frightened children who despise anyone not like themselves and want to effect the law to make sure that anyone who is not exactly like them is maligned and marginalized. The only difference between people like Schlafly, Robertson, Dobson, et al and the Islamic theocrats like Bin Laden is that the Americans are comfortably wealthy property owners who have a stake in social order.

Should our economy take a turn for the worse, these will be our suicide bombers and terrorists. Their tongue-in-cheek racist drivel will turn into fiery speeches about "mongrels" and "white America". We must identify them and watch their every move or they will kill thousands just like their Islamic cousins.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Blurring the line

The theocrats have proposed H.R. 235 which will cancel the provisions of the tax code which revoke the tax-exempt status of any religious organization that turns itself into a political campaign. The idea of the pro-theocracy crowd is that if a political organization is based on religion then it should be treated as a tax-exempt church and not as a political organization. In other words, they want the law to give an advantage political campaigns based on religion over those not based on religion.

They couch their move in terms of lifting a "gag order" on preachers. The dishonesty of this rhetoric is obvious. The IRS code does not stop preachers from talking about anything they like, but only defines the difference between a church and a political campaign. It is no different than saying that if a church starts selling Toyotas then it should pay taxes on its profit like any other company.

Thankfully, the bill is languishing in the House Ways and Means committee, but with the election year coming up you can be sure someone will try to force it through. Personally, I doubt it would make it through the Senate, particularly as Republican Senators are increasingly fed up with the lunatic fringe that keeps trying to hijack the party. However, these cats like to do things in the dead of night and I can almost guarantee that we will see this little pro-theocratic nonsense show up in an amendment in the next session.

The best way to fight the theocrats is to drag them out into the light and show them for what they are. Like gerrymandering, this bill threatens any Congressional seat held by an anti-theocrat. Congress is getting wise that this vocal minority is just that, a minority. However, if the minority are the only ones who show they care about the issue, the Representatives may feel the need to pander. So, contact your Congressman and let them know that the lights are on so they need not worry about the roaches.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Pennsylvania, there is a Santa Claus

http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/kitzmiller/decision.htm

Couldn't have said it better.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Jihadists in Florida - get your tickets now

In Fort Lauderdale, March 16-17th will be a large meeting of jihadists from many of America's most extreme religious organization. Reclaiming America for Christ 2006 welcomes all jihadists "whether you are a new to the war for America's soul, or a battle tested veteran". The two day event organized by the ominously named Center for Reclaiming America is an attempt to gather all jihadists in one room and plot their strategy for the next year.

While there will be speakers who will apparently finally explain how homosexuality has any affect on heterosexual marriage, the real interest is in networking. The only reason this tiny minority of extremists has been so effective at hijacking American politics from time to time is there ability to mobilize their "warriors for God" into a single lock-step unquestioning column of hate. It is through these large gatherings that they can get the entire jihadist community to believe that they are part of a vast army of righteousness, much like the training compounds in Afghanistan or the crowded meeting halls of the Nazis.

The best way for you to help combat those that want to "reclaim America" is to go to their public meetings. Don't protest or do anything to get yourself kicked out, but do make them question the sanity of their fellow jihadists. Adopt the bright eyed (preferably blue) virginal look and the peculiar vernacular of the clan and insinuate yourself. Then go to town.

Here are some things you can do:
-Make suggestions like "I see no problem with killing homosexuals, particularly black homosexuals."
-Hit on underage girls (or boys).
-Hit on geriatric girls (or boys).
-Keep insisting the world is flat, since the Bible clearly makes that point. Call anyone who disagrees a "Liberal secularist believing Satan's lies".
-Rebuke everyone for everything.
-Anytime you go to bathroom, scream "be gone Satan". If anyone asks, tell them feces and urine are the product of Satan and if you a truly righteous you only crap rainbows.
-Hit on all the men (regardless of your gender).
-Talk about your plans to start a Christian porn studio.
-Go around and hand out new "schedules" that ensure no-one will be in the same room at the same time.
-Sing spirituals as you walk around, but always insert the word "motherfucker" or "bitch" where Jesus should be.
-When at the meeting halls for the big emotional manipulation, curse like a sailor. (i.e. "This motherfucker knows God!", "Son of a bitch I feel the fucking Lord in my fucking soul", or scream "Goddammit" instead of "Hallelujah").
-If you go with a friend, never forget the power of overheard conversations. Talk loudly about your plans for violent jihad against the heathens in New York City. Make them face who they really are.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

pro-hate and proud

Many on the right wing, but particularly the religious extremists, have been crowing about the evils of hate crime legislation. Their arguments are the usual mix of misdefined terms and irrelevant anecdotes. Perhaps the longest and most detailed piece of propoganda can be found at the website of those happy homemakers at Concerned Women for America.

Hate crime laws are laws which increase the penalties on a crime if the basis was hatred of a particular class of people. It operates like the sentence multipliers that arise if a crime were committed with a deadly weapon. The idea is the same as is it with all multipliers - the sentence increases if the total circumstances of the crime show that the crime is more devastating to society than the base offense. Clearly, this is true of a violent crime intended to divide a nation.

Hate crime laws do not cover hate speech. Again, they do not cover hate speech. Did I mention that they do not cover hate speech? I'll give you 3 guesses as to what the fanatics' arguments center around.

The CWA article highlighted above is completely about hate speech and not once points out that non-violent hate speech is regularly found to be protected by the constitution regardless of the applicable statute. All their half-true anecdotes do not mention a single incident in America that would be covered by this legislation. This and other fanatical writings focus exclusively on cases in foreign territories that are particular to that system.

The other point they attempt to make is that hate crime legislation is intending to create a new area of the law they term "thought crimes". I think this point really shows how you have to be a sheep to believe a word these people say. What they call "thought crimes" is called "intent" by people who actually read. It is the line that distinguishes negligence from assault, manslaughter from murder, and theft from a mistake. It forms the core of our criminal law.

The religious extremists' case against hate crimes is prima facia ridiculous. Their arguments are fabricated, tenuous, and illogical. They, of course, know this. We are left to wonder why they are so against hate crime legislation. I'll let the reader figure that one out.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Hiding behind patriotism

One of the favorite tricks of theocrats is to wrap the flag around their god. All too often they equate religiosity with patriotism. It is part of their amorphous "Christian country" routine where they talk about the framers intents and religions. They seem to conveniently ignore the fact that the framers would be far more horrified at the thought of Condi Rice being secretary of state than an Athiest being president. To base any argument on framers' intent is always specious but more about that another time.

Right now we need to shine the spotlight on our good friends at the highly radical American Family Association , who have really taken this ridiculous notion to its extreme. They currently have a campaign to hang a poster in every classroom declaring "In God We Trust". They call it our "national motto". Funny, I always thought it was "Land of the free and home of the brave".

The obviously unconstitutional "In God We Trust" became part of the American lexicon in 1956, at the height of the Cold War. The idea was to differenciate ourselves from godless communism. Apparently, the fact that we are free capitalist wasn't enough. Due to the oppressive atmosphere of the time the courts fell down on the job in defending the establishment clause and the phrase survived long enough that no one takes it too seriously.

Well, no one except religious extremists. It should be made clear, dear reader, that the AFA's little sneaky butts have no interest in putting up these posters as part of their patriotic fervor. No, this is an attempt to stick it to those that oppose theocracy. The AFA is not posting these things to teach kids history, they are posting them as commands to all the little boys and girls to obey. They want to make sure that those that are not one of them think that they are not part of this country.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Don't forget the prayer in school crowd

No, they haven't gone away. They've just gotten quieter and sneakier. You might be surprised to know that they have also been pretty successful.

They target individual school districts and now whole states to get elective courses taught about the Bible at public schools. That's right kids, Sunday school with your tax dollars. How 'bout them apples of the knowledge tree?

The most successful shock soldiers in this culture war are the members of the eloquently named "National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools". The NCBCPS (yes, that's the acronym) claims to have its curriculum in 317 school district in 37 states. The idea is to teach an elective in Bibles studies while giving a nod to something in the neighborhood of secular like history or literture.

In Alabama, they have succeded in getting HB 58 proposed by Alabama House Majority Leader Ken Guin and House Speaker Seth Hammett. The bill mandates a single book by the Bible Literacy Project WITHOUT any review by any committee. Even the Alabama GOP thinks that HB 58 is nuts, but it still has a very good chance of passing.

Lookit, when the Alabama GOP thinks you've gone too far, you've gone too far. This is so far over the line I don't think they'll actually get away with this one. For those of you who ever doubted the need for an "activist" judiciary, I give you Alabama and the NCBCPS.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Quiz

One of these sites is a hoax, but which one?

Westboro Baptist Church
True Christian
Brother Gipp

Justice Sunday III - Rise of the Machines

Sequels are never as good as the original.

On January 8th the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and the Greater Exodus Baptist Church (they needed a black guy) will be sponsoring Justice Sunday III. It is ironically subtitled "Proclaiming Liberty Throughout the Land unto All the Inhabitants thereof". The central focus of this meeting of the minds is that public infrastructure should go to support Christian displays of faith.

Unfortunately Tom Delay will not be a speaker at this one, which is a shame because I hear he could use the cash. Instead, we will be regaled with how that pesky establishment clause has been misinterpreted by activist judges to mean that taxpayer money cannot go to fundamentalist propaganda. We will hear how the framers intended for there to be prayer in school, the ten commandments in every courtroom, and a plastic baby Jesus on the front lawn of city halls around Christmas.

My favorite part of the tagline is "all the inhabitants". It shows again how Christian extremists do not consider non-Christians to be human. Their assertion is that if you oppose their position you do not count as a real American. It is their position that the purpose of the US government is to support extremists and convert others to their cause. They are showing their theocratic desires again.

My second favorite part of the tagline is "liberty". Somehow they feel that not using Buddhists' and Zoroastrians' money to push the Christian myth onto the public infringes Christian liberty. They do not understand the concept of freedom and want to ensure that any new judges do not either. Keep in mind that these are the people that regularly pray for non-Christian judges to die.

So, tune in on January 8th to the thrill-a-minute that will be JSIII. I am sure you will not be disappointed, although you may be appalled.

Friday, December 09, 2005

It's that time of year again

Time to listen to the fundamentalists complain about taking the Christ out of Christmas.

I regularly read letters to the editor in newspapers around the country and the Christmas issue is clearly the most important issue affecting Americans today. The war in Iraq does not even come close. Terror and torture are minor annoyances compared to the devastating effect of wishing someone "Happy Holidays".

I am tempted to go off on a rant about how the reason for the season is the tilt of the earth's axis and not some fairly recent mythological creation but I won't. Nor will I harp on the fact that almost all Christmas traditions come from pagan roots. I most definitely will not be pointing out that Christmas is a Catholic tradition more than it is a Protestant one.

Instead, I want to point out the unbridled hatred involved in the fundamentalists defense against the "War on Christmas" or the "Assault on Christmas". The core assertion is that being inclusive and wishing someone "Happy Holidays" is a clear attack on Christianity. The sheer irony of the fact that they are considering being nice to someone to be unchristian is only excused by the weight of the burden that Christians bear in being such an oppressed minority.

In order to even understand their logic, you must understand that to their mind their myth is true and all others are just myths. Everyone is a Christian deep down but doesn't want to admit it because they are following some fad like Islam, Hinduism, or Logic. In their mind not wishing someone "Merry Christmas" means that you are under the influence of Satan.

In reality, it is not that they feel their Christian values are threatened but that they have no respect for any American that is not part of the cult. They are not threatened by inclusion, they are avowedly anti-inclusion. They are not afraid of multiculturalism, they actively despise other cultures. If you are not with them, you are against them.

And they are certainly against you.